Comments to OSTP and NSF on a National AI Research Resource (NAIRR)

Hodan Omaar September 29, 2021
September 29, 2021

ITIF's Center for Data Innovation has responded to a request for comment from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and National Science Foundation (NSF) on their Request for Information (RFI) on an implementation plan for a National Artificial Intelligence Research Resource (NAIRR).

As explained in the RFI, the “NAIRR is envisioned as a shared computing and data infrastructure that would provide AI researchers and students across scientific fields with access to a holistic advanced computing ecosystem. This would include secure, privacy-preserving frameworks; high-quality, representative datasets; and appropriate educational tools and user support mechanisms.” Congress has directed the NAIRR Task Force to develop an implementation roadmap for the NAIRR.

If successful, the NAIRR would serve to bolster innovation and U.S. competitiveness in AI. We support the goals of the Task Force and offer several comments to inform the work of the Task Force.